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This year,
Parshat
 
Vayikra
falls out on
Hey
 
Nissan
. Most families arealready fretting over Pesach cleaning before
Shabbat,
and they certainly areworrying afterward. While
Parshat
 
Vayikra
does not deal directly with anyPesach related themes; however, the
Parsha
prohibits
Chametz
in
Korban
flourofferings: “
Kol HaMincha Asher Takrivu L’Hashem, Lo Te’aseh Chametz” 
Different
 Meforshim
offer varying explanations as to why a
Korban
 containing
Chametz
is considered unacceptable. The
Sefer 
 
HaChinuch
notesthat since
Chametz
occurs while one is idle – the lack of activity allows thedough to rise –
Chametz
is negatively associated with laziness. Therefore, the
Torah
eliminated
Chametz
from flour offerings to teach us that we shouldeliminate laziness from our lives.Right now, as we focus on diligently removing
Chametz
from ourhomes, the
Sefer 
 
HaChinuch’s
interpretation is very relevant. Just as we mustbe industrious during our cleaning of the house for Pesach, we should be just as hardworking in our service of Hashem throughout the year.Unlike the
Chinuch,
the
Klei
 
Yakar,
on the other hand, interprets
Chametz
in accordance with the personal prayer of R’ Alexandri, quoted inthe
Gemara
of
Brachot
:“Master of the world, it is revealed and known that it is our desire todo your will, and what prevents us? The ‘leavening agent’ of the ‘dough’.”R’ Alexandri saw the leavening agent creating
Chametz
as a metaphorfor the
Yetzer 
 
HaRa’s
destructive ability within an individual. Deep down inthe soul, everyone wants to do the will of Hashem
 ,
but the
Yetzer 
 
HaRa
 serves as a barrier to that true will of the Jewish
Neshamah
.This idea offers us food for thought as we clean during the daysleading up to Pesach. During this time, we remove the
Chametz
from ourhomes, and it may feel like trivial cleaning. We must keep in mind, however,that the removal of
Chametz
is a symbol for the removal of the
Yezter HaRa
sothat we can be truly free men and serve
Hashem
better. The days beforePesach are ultimately days that should lead us to a true
“Zman Cheiruteinu.”
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 A publication of 
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Boys High School 
Likutei Ohr 
Often, we forget that we have the power to make a difference in this world. Rav Soloveitchik Ztz”ll famously said in his “The Lonely Man of Faith” that “Human existence is a dignified one because it is a glorious, majestic, powerful existence.” The concept that man, a physical and material being, has the ability to speak personally to God, “being” that is completely metaphysical and spiritual, astounds us with its miraculous nature. Davening is a wondrous  gift that Hashem has granted to humans, creatures who, on the one hand, are “dignity”driven, yet, on the other hand,“faith” driven as well. He has blessed them with the opportunity to speak directly to their creator and to build a relationship with him. Along with this opportunity comes responsibility, however, and it is up to us, the human race,to make the most out of our daily prayers and to deeply connect to the Almighty.
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Parshat Vayikra 
Parshat Vayikra and Pesach Cleaning
Rabbi Avner Shapiro
 
The Flame ofOur  Ancestors
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to  fish and you feed him  for a lifetime.” -Maimonidies 
 Volume I : Issue VI

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